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    The Witcher (Netflix Original)
    TV-MA | 1h | Action, Adventure, Drama | TV Series (2019– )

    Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts.

    Creator: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
    Stars: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra, Mimi Ndiweni

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    The Witcher is an American fantasy drama web television series created by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich for Netflix. It is based on the book series of the same name by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The Witcher follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, who struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than monsters and beasts. But when destiny hurtles him toward a powerful sorceress, and a young princess with a special gift, the three must learn to navigate independently the increasingly volatile Continent.

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    Runtime 1 hr (60 min)
    Sound Mix Stereo | Dolby Atmos
    Color Color
    Aspect Ratio 2.00 : 1
    Camera Panavision Millennium DXL2, Panavision Primo 70 Lenses
    Negative Format DXL RAW (8K)
    Cinematographic Process DXL RAW (8K) (source format)
    Digital Intermediate (4K) (master format)
    Printed Film Format Video (Ultra HD)



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    I did not like the cinematography on the show(not even talking about the vfx/directing/story). But I am wondering why though, is it because they used really deep focus(for vfx reasons), the lighting at times is flat and unnatural looking or is it the 8K,the grade, is it all of the above?

    Also confused why so many people like this show, at times I feel like I am watching a Hercules or Xena episode. And thats not a good thing in 2019 or 2020, where you are automatically will compare this to other fantasy series or shows like GOT or Lord of the rings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Cage View Post
    I did not like the cinematography on the show(not even talking about the vfx/directing/story). But I am wondering why though, is it because they used really deep focus(for vfx reasons), the lighting at times is flat and unnatural looking or is it the 8K,the grade, is it all of the above?

    Also confused why so many people like this show, at times I feel like I am watching a Hercules or Xena episode. And thats not a good thing in 2019 or 2020, where you are automatically will compare this to other fantasy series or shows like GOT or Lord of the rings.
    The show is so bad that I guess its good for some people. But yeah. for 15 million an episode (what I've read) I have no idea where that money went.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Cage View Post
    ...or is it the 8K?
    If you didn’t watch it in 8K, then i doubt it is because of the 8K. ;)
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    Heh. One of the biggest hits of the year. I suspect if you're not into it, the books or the game didn't appeal to you for sure. But much like GOT, this one has legs. Several seasons for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Holland View Post
    Heh. One of the biggest hits of the year. I suspect if you're not into it, the books or the game didn't appeal to you for sure. But much like GOT, this one has legs. Several seasons for sure.
    Have not read the books, the game is somewhat fun. Yeah I fear also that this show gets multiple seasons, maybe they will get it right with the second season(cinematography and storytelling wise). The storytelling is basicly nothing more then, new monster pops up, Geralt defeats it. But maybe its just a personal preference. (I watched the rise of skywalker yesterday and while the movie sucked, I found the cinematography really impressive, and then I was reading some comments afterwards online and people were complaining they did not like the look (too much flashing, I LOVED THAT) and they preferred the look of "The Witcher". And I was like, can I even take these people seriously or is my taste so off..
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    Coming in with much hype and at a budget as large as the last season of the biggest show in history (reads GOT) I was a bit disappointed jumping in the first few episodes, but that changed and by the viewing of the last episode I am now looking forward to future Seasons and see how the stories unfold.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Cage View Post
    Have not read the books, the game is somewhat fun. Yeah I fear also that this show gets multiple seasons, maybe they will get it right with the second season(cinematography and storytelling wise). The storytelling is basicly nothing more then, new monster pops up, Geralt defeats it. But maybe its just a personal preference. (I watched the rise of skywalker yesterday and while the movie sucked, I found the cinematography really impressive, and then I was reading some comments afterwards online and people were complaining they did not like the look (too much flashing, I LOVED THAT) and they preferred the look of "The Witcher". And I was like, can I even take these people seriously or is my taste so off..
    That is generally how the first two books, which this first season mostly adapts, are written. They are a collection of short stories following Geralt's adventures and are for the most part unrelated and unconnected. But yeah, much of the nuance and depth is lost when an 80ish-page story is condensed to ~20min of screen time. The following five books are a saga of novels, so a bit more straightforward for adaptation. Geralt also does significantly less monster hunting as we're drawn into Ciri's future, the machinations of the Sorcerers and the Northern Kingdoms, their conflict with Nilfgaard, a non-human insurgency against human hegemony, and how they all intertwine with some good old prophecy and other high-fantasy bits.

    Cinematography was definitely uneven. A few too many dutch angles for my taste, and the letterboxed defocusing that feels more like a post effect than an actual lens coverage issue was distracting. There was some stuff that I liked a lot, like the striga fight in 103, and the fight sequence in 101. But most felt pretty replacement-level. Not necessarily bad, just nothing super-interesting.
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    I finished it a few days ago and overall I’d give it maybe a B/B-. It definitely got better a few episodes in. Some of the jumping back and forth in time can be a little confusing as is keeping track of some of the characters/names. I agree, some of it did feel very “Xena:Warrior Princess” , “Hercules” or the CW series “The Outpost” with some scenes having the look of low-budget soundstage with very flat lighting. Even watching the last few episodes on my new 120” projector, it still felt kind of small. Definitely does not have the grandeur and scope of GoT, where you feel like you’re in a big, expansive world.

    I’ll watch the next season, if there is one, but for $15 mill/episode(if true) I hope they step it up.
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    It did not look good, unfortunately. Some of the reason was poor lighting choices.
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